Person:Tristram Coffin (1)

Governor Tristram Coffin
chr.11 Mar 1609/10 Brixton, Devon, England
m. bef 1610
  1. Governor Tristram Coffin1609/10 - 1681
  2. Joane Coffinest 1611 - bef 1642
  3. Peter Coffin1613/14 -
  4. Deborah Coffinest 1616 -
  5. Eunice Coffin1617/18 -
  6. Mary Coffinest 1620 - 1691
  7. Ruth Coffin1623 - 1623
  8. John Coffinest 1625 - 1642
  9. Unknown Coffinaft 1627 -
  • HGovernor Tristram Coffin1609/10 - 1681
  • WDionis Stevens1609/10 - aft 1682
m. bef 1630
  1. Peter Coffin1630/31 - 1715
  2. Deacon Tristram Coffinest 1632 - 1703/04
  3. Elizabeth Coffin1634 - 1678
  4. James Coffin1640 - 1720
  5. John Coffinabt 1641 - 1642
  6. Deborah Coffin1642 - 1642
  7. Mary Coffin1645 - 1717
  8. John Coffin1647 - 1711
  9. Stephen Coffin1652 - 1734
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3][4] Governor Tristram Coffin
Alt Name[3] Tristram Coffyn
Gender Male
Christening[1] 11 Mar 1609/10 Brixton, Devon, England
Marriage bef 1630 Brixton, Devon, England (probably)Estimate based on date of birth of eldest known child.
to Dionis Stevens
Emigration[1] 1642
Residence[1] 1642 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 15 Nov 1642 Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesSigned deed purchasing Haverhill from the Indians.
Residence[1] bef 1647 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 1648 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 1649 Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 1654 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Residence[1] 1659 Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Death[3][5] 2 Oct 1681 Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Alt Death[1] 3 Oct 1681 Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United StatesFrom probate documents. In another place, Mrs. Holman says 3 Mar 1681, must have been an editorial error.
Probate[1] 29 Nov 1681 Administration granted to his three sons.
Reference Number? Q7844208?
Burial[6] Founders Burial Ground, Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

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Tristram Coffin (or Coffyn) (11 March 1605 – 2 October 1681) was an immigrant to Massachusetts from England. In 1659 he led a group of investors that bought Nantucket from Thomas Mayhew for thirty pounds and two beaver hats. He became a prominent citizen of the settlement. A great number of his descendants became prominent in North American society, and many were involved in the later history of Nantucket during and after its heyday as a whaling center. Almost all notable Americans with roots in Nantucket are descended from Tristram Coffin, although Benjamin Franklin was an exception.

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Holman, Mary Lovering. Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury. (Concord, New Hampshire: Privately Printed at The Rumford Press, 1938), 2:605-15.
  2. Tristram Coffin, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 1:419-420.

    "TRISTRAM, Nantucket, b. it is said, at Brixton, near Plymouth, Co. Deron, a. 1605, or by ano. rept. 1609, s. of Peter and Joanna, m. Dionis Stevens, had Peter, b. 1631; Tristram, 1632; Elizabeth; James, 12 Aug. 1640; and John; after d. of his f. came, 1612, to N. E. bring. beside the bef. ment. childr. his mo. (wh. d. May 1661, aged 77), two sis. Eunice, wh. m. William Butler, and Mary, wh. m. Alexander Adams of Boston; sat down, first, at Salisbury, soon rem. to Haverhill, where his youngest ch. d. had Mary, b. 20 Feb. 1645; and John, again, 13 Dec. 1647; rem. a. 1618, to Newbury, where Stephen was b. 10 May 1652; again rem. to Salisbury, there was a county magistr. and finally rem. 1660, to Nantucket with his aged mo. w. and four ch. and d.2 or 3 Oct. 1681. His d. Elizabeth m. 13 Nov. 1651, and d. 19 Nov. 1678; and Mary m. at Nantucket Nathaniel Starbuck, had six ch. and d. 1717."

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hoyt, David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts. (Providence, RI, 1897-1919), 1:103.

    Tristram1 Coffin [or Coffyn], Mr., son of Peter and Joanna, b. ab. 1605 or '9, in Brixham [or Brixton] parish, Plymouth, Devon, Eng.; m. Dionis Stevens. He came to this country in 1642, with his mother, who d. May, 1661, aged 77; his two sisters, Eunice and Mary [Eunice m. Wm. Butler; Mary m. Alexander Adams of Boston]; his wife and five children. C Nb. states that he first came to Salisbury, thence to Haverhill the same year, thence to Newbury ab. 1648, thence in 1654 or '5 to S. again, where he signed his name "Commissioner of S." He was taxed in S. in 1652 and '59. In 1659, a company formed in Salis. purchased Nantucket [In the summer of 1659, Tristram Coffin and others are said to have visited the island of Nantucket, with Peter Folger of Martha's Vineyard as an interpreter between them and the Indians. Peter Folger, in 1644, mar. Mary Morrill, who is said to have been an inmate of the family of Hugh Peters. Folger became a Baptist and removed to Nantucket. [G. R. 1862, p. 269.], to which island he rem. in 1660, with his wife, mother, and four chil. He died Oct. 2, 1681.

  4. Tristram Coffin (Nantucket), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  5. Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States. Vital records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the year 1850. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925-1928), 5:188.

    Coffin, Trustram, Mr., [died] Oct. 2, 1681. [Tristram, "came to New England in 1642 with five children" (Peter, Tristram, Elizabeth, James, John) [see also Haverhill and Newbury Vital Records], "of Haverhill, Mass., Nov. 15, 1642; removed to Newbury abt. 1648; thence to Salisbury, in 1664 or 1665; removed to Nantucket in 1660," h. Dionis (d. Robert Stevens of Briston), s. Peter [see birth record] and Joan Thumber [sic], 2d, 10 mo. [dup. Oct. 2] 1681, P.R.38. 2d, 10 mo., P.R.63.]

    P.R.38. — private record, from the William C. Folger genealogical records in the possession of the Nantucket Historical Association (This compilation has been used because of the valuable clues it affords, but its statements should be received with caution, as it is not free from errors. It should also be understood that in many instances the events recorded did not take place in Nantucket, and in a few cases attention has been called to the question of residence. Many records of families of Nantucket origin, living in New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and elsewhere, do not properly belong in these printed volumes and therefore have been omitted.)

    P.R.63. — private record, from a copy of a manuscript kept by Hon. Isaac Coffin, Judge of Probate, in the possession of the Nantucket Atheneum.

  6. Tristram Coffin, in Find A Grave.
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